Friday 20 July 2018

First Look: Huckletree's new co-working space in Twitter's old Dublin HQ

Huckletree
Huckletree
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Huckletree's arrival in Dublin is expected to inject further energy into the city's already dynamic co-working scene.

And although the London provider's new premises on Pearse Street is not expected to open until next month, Independent.ie has gotten a glimpse of what The Academy will look like under its new owners.

Previously serving as the European headquarters of Twitter, these new images portray how the 19th century landmark property will be transformed into private studios, dedicated desks and space for hotdesking.

Huckletree D2's 2,787 sq m (30,000 sq ft) site will also feature an events space, and cater for workshops and a holistic wellbeing programme on campus.

While the Dublin hub will be Huckletree's first international workspace, having made its impressive mark in London, for Irish born co-founder Andrew Lynch, the expansion here was the natural next step.

The new premises, which will be equipped to accommodate up to 400 members, is also well located; in the city centre - and a five minute stroll to the Silicon Docks.

Huckletree
Huckletree

Ireland's strong and ever growing community of tech start-ups and entrepreneurs, especially those that match the Huckletree ethos, seemed the perfect fit for the firm.

"What we're trying to create is a place for businesses to come and grow," Andrew, the company's COO, told independent.ie.

"The sector is booming at the moment but for us, the priority is staying true to what we're about."

CEO Gabriela Hersham and Andrew opened the Clerkenwell site in 2014, one of the first creative co-working spaces to pop up in London.

"It was tiny, we had around 14 members and the onus was on us to prove the [Huckletree] concept and show that we could add value to the member businesses," said Andrew.

"From that we thought 'ok that's working' so we progressed on to a bigger space in Shoreditch with [accommodation for] 80 companies".

Whether you're a freelancer, an entrepreneur, a budding startup, an expanding business, an investor or an agency, there could be a place for you at Huckletree - but you'll have to interview for the spot.

Defining Huckletree as a workplace accelerator "while also staying true to the hotdesking thing", Andrew believes that "there's no point in joining us if we can't help you."

Huckletree
Huckletree

"We do have an application process...the key is for us to get a feel for the people the business the idea and what their goal is," he said.

"We want to make sure we curate the smaller companies looking for opportunities but also accommodate the bigger firms and the investors. We're able to balance those two so that we don't have conflicting businesses."

Huckletree's arrival in Dublin brings its total number of members to 1,500 across its four locations, the three London hubs based in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and White City Place (Huckletree West, beside the BBC studios). But the expansion is only beginning.

"Our goal is to increase on a worldwide level tech ecosystem," said Andrew.

"We're not Starbucks we don't want one on every corner - but we do have a few site plans in the pipeline for next year."

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